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Brand Nubian 12/8/1990

Review

Brand Nubian never sold as many albums as the many West Coast rappers burning up the charts in the early '90s, but the New York group commanded great respect in East Coast rap circles. In black neighborhoods of New York and Philadelphia, Nubian's debut album, One for All, was actually a bigger seller than many of the platinum gangsta rap releases outselling it on a national level. Influenced by De La Soul and the Jungle Brothers, Nubian favored an abstract rapping style, and Eastern rap fans were drawn to the complexity of jams like "Dance to My Ministry," "Ragtime," and "All for One." Grand Puba, Lord Jamar, and Sadat X had a lot of technique, which was what hip-hoppers favored in the East. On the whole, Nubian's Nation of Islam rhetoric isn't as overbearing as some of the recordings that other Five Percenters were delivering at the time. The CD is a bit uneven, but on the whole is likable and exhilarating. ~ Alex Henderson
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  1. # Track Artist Length
  2. 1 All for One Brand Nubian 4:52
  3. 2 Feels So Good Brand Nubian 5:3
  4. 3 Concerto in X Minor Brand Nubian 3:55
  5. 4 Ragtime Brand Nubian 4:14
  6. 5 To the Right Brand Nubian 4:15
  7. 6 Dance to My Ministry Brand Nubian 4:18
  8. 7 Drop the Bomb Brand Nubian 5:0
  9. 8 Wake Up [Stimulated Dummies Mix] Brand Nubian 4:40
  10. 9 Step to the Rear Brand Nubian 3:57
  11. 10 Slow Down Brand Nubian 4:57
  12. 11 Try to Do Me Brand Nubian 4:17
  13. 12 Who Can Get Busy Like This Man... Brand Nubian 4:29
  14. 13 Grand Puba, Positive and L.G. Brand Nubian 4:30
  15. 14 Brand Nubian Brand Nubian 4:33
  16. 15 Wake up (Reprise in the Sunshine) Brand Nubian 5:20
  17. 16 Dedication Brand Nubian 4:7

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